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Love Songs


Source: Catholic News Service

Melancholy semi-musical (with 13 songs by Alex Beaupain) about a young man (Louis Garrel) grieving after the sudden death of his longtime girlfriend (Ludivine Sagnier) from cardiac arrest, who turns for comfort to the girl's loving family including her sister (Chiara Mastroanni), his coworker and sometime lover (Clotilde Hesme) and a young male student (Gregoir Leprince-Ringuet) who, improbably, develops a romantic crush on him. In style, director Christophe Honore's bears faint echoes of Jacques Demy's 1960s films like "Umbrellas of Cherbourg," but even those trifles had far more dramatic interest and charm, while the casual sexual attitudes displayed by several of the characters here are morally problematic. In French. Subtitles. Nonmarital sexual encounters including same sex couplings, though nongraphic, some frank sexual talk, occasional crude language. O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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<p>Bruno was born in Cologne, Germany, became a famous teacher at Rheims and was appointed chancellor of the archdiocese at the age of 45. He supported Pope Gregory VII in his fight against the decadence of the clergy and took part in the removal of his own scandalous archbishop, Manasses. Bruno suffered the plundering of his house for his pains. </p><p>He had a dream of living in solitude and prayer, and persuaded a few friends to join him in a hermitage. After a while he felt the place unsuitable and, through a friend, was given some land which was to become famous for his foundation "in the Chartreuse" (from which comes the word Carthusians). The climate, desert, mountainous terrain and inaccessibility guaranteed silence, poverty and small numbers. </p><p>Bruno and his friends built an oratory with small individual cells at a distance from each other. They met for Matins and Vespers each day and spent the rest of the time in solitude, eating together only on great feasts. Their chief work was copying manuscripts. </p><p>The pope, hearing of Bruno's holiness, called for his assistance in Rome. When the pope had to flee Rome, Bruno pulled up stakes again, and spent his last years (after refusing a bishopric) in the wilderness of Calabria. </p><p>He was never formally canonized, because the Carthusians were averse to all occasions of publicity. However Pope Clement X extended his feast to the whole Church in 1674.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints in heaven love and care for us, and so it is fitting that we pray to them and ask for their prayers, as we on earth assist one another through prayer.

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